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Backcountry Travel In Alaska’s National Parks

The Estes Valley Library’s summer series titled “Our Wonderful World” continues this Monday, July 18 with a presentation by longtime mountaineer and acclaimed author Walter Borneman titled “Backcountry Travel in Alaska’s National Parks.” Note the special location: this Monday’s event will be held at the Estes Park Museum at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Roughly half of America’s National Parks lands are in Alaska, and it’s no surprise these sites are resplendent in natural beauty. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and National Preserve itself stretches across a staggering 13.2 million acres. Rivaling the scenic beauty of Wrangell are a score of sister parks, such as the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.

Walter Borneman has backpacked and rafted throughout Alaska. He is the author of “Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land” offering a complete history of the state. In addition to his books of American history, Borneman has written extensively on mountaineering, including his book “14,000 Feet: a Celebration of Colorado’s Highest Mountains”.

Borneman’s presentation will feature adventures in Wrangell-St. Elias, Klondike Gold Rush, Gates of the Arctic, and Lake Clark National Parks, as well as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Walt and his wife, Marlene, have just recently returned from Lake Clark.

The “Our Wonderful World” series celebrates the learning and understanding of our planet through the stories and images of those who have ventured to extraordinary destinations. The Estes Park Museum is located at 220 4th Street. For more information about upcoming programs in the Our Wonderful World program series, visit or call 970-586-8116.


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